How to Become a Vegan

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For many meat-eaters, the thoughts of following a vegan diet can conjure up notions of massive restrictions, boring meals and constant cravings for dairy and meat. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Our philosophy at Dee’s is that ‘Goodness is Tasty,’ and if you take a moment to simply Google ‘Vegan Recipes,’ ‘Vegan Blogs,’ or take a look through our own food blog, you’ll be bombarded with a host of super delicious dishes from thousands of active bloggers and food writers presenting meals made with a full of a range of fresh ingredients, accompanied by some of the most beautiful food photography you’re likely to see on the internet.  In fact, if it doesn’t awaken your inner foodie then nothing will!

But what is a vegan diet and why should you consider making the switch? Well in recent times veganism has become a hot talking point thanks in part to the raft of well-known personalities who have embraced the vegan diet. Issues over sustainable farming methods, the negative effects the meat and dairy industry is having on the environment and the case for animal welfare are also right at the forefront of the worldwide debate.  In addition, the recent WHO report on the carcinogenic risks of processed and red meats has also given rise for concern [link http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2015/processed-meat-cancer/en/ ]

Simply put becoming a vegan means you no longer consume animal produce in your diet. That includes meat, dairy, eggs and any products that come from an animal. Many vegans also extend this philosophy into their wider lifestyle and do not use or wear any products which have come from an animal or animal by-products.  There are a host of benefits to making the switch to veganism, with lots of research pointing to the health benefits in particular. Studies have shown it has positive impacts for conditions such as; type 2 diabetes, lowering cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity and even the possibility of reducing the risk factors for some cancers.

Following a plant-based diet also has significant benefits for the environment, as the production of meat and dairy products places a heavy strain on the world’s resources.  Log onto Veganuary for some essential reading concerning veganism and the benefits for the environment [ http://www.veganuary.com/why/environmental-benefits/ ]. Just one aspect to consider however, is the amount of grains required to feed animals for meat production and its contribution to deforestation, which in turn has a negative impact on the environment and many species of animals.  Speaking of animals, their welfare and a desire to see a world where they are no longer used, killed and eaten, is a key factor for many who decide to become vegan.

If you are considering moving to a vegan diet, here are some top tips to help you along the way and don’t forget our range of tasty vegan foods are packed full of essential nutrients, wholesome ingredients and do not contain any unhealthy additives or GMO ingredients and are also gluten, dairy, egg and meat free, making them an ideal addition to your balanced vegan diet.

Top five tips for going vegan-

  1. Take it slow and go at your own pace.
  2. Make a plan before you begin.
  3. Look online for meal inspiration and recipe ideas.
  4. Educate yourself about plant-based nutrition.
  5. If you feel yourself flagging, remember why decided to go vegan in the first place.

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Author: Dee

‘Goodness is Tasty!’ It’s a philosophy I’ve always believed in, but it’s something I’ve found hard to see in reality on the shelves of my local supermarket when buying food. The situation was vividly brought home to me after completing my degree in Food Science at UCC. I was suddenly confronted with the truth about the array of additives that are routinely pumped into our foods and the effect it has on our health. They say knowledge is power and after my degree I was put on the path to a more natural, wholefood and plant-based diet.